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Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale | Epic Brewing Company

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Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style AleBrainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We took our double gold medal winning Brainless Belgian, added organic peach puree and aged it in French Chardonnay casks from Sawtooth Winery. Drink from a Pinot glass, serve on the warm side of cold, it develops nicely as it warms displaying more fruit and wine.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-23-2010

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An attractive golden color but the foam wells up and subsides to not much. The carbonation in the mouth is alright, though. Big aroma of cooked peaches, like a cobbler.

A very nice peach flavor. Tart and tangy. The Belgian yeasty flavor is quite evident. Fairly hot with alcohol, but it tastes kind of pleasant with the fruit, like some kind of dry liqueur. Just a little sugar. You might wish for a more creamy mouthfeel. Interesting and quite sippable, but I'll hope to find it fresher next time.

From the 22 oz bottle. The label says Release #20 and that it is 11.7% ABV.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lemon-yellow, hybrid-gold color; hazy body, translucent with light beaming throughout the edges. Foamy, almost frothy white head gives a vibe like it'll stick around, but then bounces pretty quick without leaving much behind. Aside from peaches, which are abundant in the aroma as expected, a nice foundation is formed from the Belgian yeast - sweet bread with mild clove and kitchen spice. Sweetness in the form of other fruits is apparent as well; white grapes and pears being the easiest to pinpoint. Nose doesn't include much hop presence, mostly just a sweetened, candied aroma. Given the largely aromatic nose, the taste was actually a little bit of a let down. It wasn't bad, it just didn't live up to expectations, I guess. Sweet candied peaches, soggy bread, mild clove, herbal leafiness, and a sharp hint of alcohol, almost borderline rubbing. Yeast is heavy on the tail end, fading out with the last gasping breath of peaches and bread. Medium bodied with a slightly slick mouth feel and a very generous amount of carbonation.

I love peaches - this beer had a pretty great aroma but the flavor lacked the punch I was looking for. Next time I want a "peach" beer, I'll be reaching for a Short's Peaches n' Creme. This one's far from bad, but it doesn't do enough to justify the relatively high cost (13$/bomber).

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Photo of Zraly
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #13

Pours cloudy light orange. Strong notes upfront of stone fruits, oak, and something funky. At first the smell is off-putting, but once I accepted that this (somewhat) mimics a decent white wine, I changed my perception of it a bit.

Malty and fruity. Sour notes. Tastes similar to a viognier: peach, orange blossom, pineapple, passion fruit. A nice oak note helps soften the mouthfeel. Medium-bodied with a dry finish. An ale that gets better as it warms, but do not let it sift into "too warm" else some of the "lightness" gets dampened on the palate and it feels heavier. Carbonation really helps keep the structure from being too sharp for style.

Very interesting but maybe not the most approachable beer I've ever had. However, it does have qualities of a good white wine and you might be able to convert a few wine snobs (who drink whites) with this one. Would go great with seafood.

Edit:
I have to drop the "overall" from 4.00 to 3.00. Last night, as the beer dwindled slowly in the glass, both my gf and I found it hard to finish. There was something about it -- just too overwhelming on the palate. I would suggest this for a beer tasting party in which you can split the bomber amongst several people.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #14. Poured from the bottle in to pinot glasses.

A - ever-so-slightly cloudy, light yellow, bubbly, almost a champagne-like look; some lacing retention present

S - slightly floral, peachy, maybe some other citrus components; Belgian yeasts shine

T - this straight up tastes like a peach mimosa to me; some orange, oak, and very subtle vanilla hints here; again, it's like a peach champagne, and at 10.7, has the pack to back it up

M - bubbly, highly carbonated in flavor; really tart up front; smooth fruit

O - if I haven't conveyed that I feel like this tastes like a peach mimosa, then I've somehow failed in this review. They should rename this Peach Mimosa. It's pretty damn good and would pair well with anything at breakfast.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a very nice looking clear yellow color with a good size white head on top. The retention and lacing were minimal. The smell of the beer is slightly tart, probably coming from the oak barrels. There are light notes of peach on the nose also. The taste of the beer is slightly fruity and also slightly tart. The french oak comes out more as the beer warms up as well as the peach flavors. The mouthfeel is light, like a carbonated wine. Overall I enjoyed it, I like the subtle aspects of this beer. I found it to be drinkable, I wouldn't need to have it again but it was nice to try.

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Photo of pweis909
2.72/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

6 oz pour in a wine glass.

Golden yellow w/ little head.

Perfumey smell. A little bubblegum, a little peach. For a Belgian Fruit beer, I would expect it to be bigger in the Belgian and/or fruit aroma.

Taste is too boozey, too much alcoholic bitterness. Goes right to my head. There is a nice peachy flavor but it is poorly paired with this alcohol and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is appropriately thin for style.

Share this beer with a friend. Or maybe someone you don't like very much. It left me disappointed. Maybe that's a little harsh, but this gave me a headache and left me disappointed. The beer would do better as a lower gravity beer. It's difficult for me to understand how it won a medal

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Photo of yamar68
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not much to look at... burnt straw gold body with a thin half finger of white fizz that dissipates within seconds. Still a good bit of legs though.

Sweet, syrupy, boozy peach flesh... some ester or clove notes, rather pungent stuff, the booze character isn't exactly "hot" but it's certainly noticeable... or maybe I'm just noticing the massive sweet bread disguising it? Confusing.

Same story here. Massive fruit character that is supported only by a plethora of less-than-hot booze characteristics. Some bugglegum shows itself after a while.

Meh.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light head, clear rellow light body. Firm furry start. Gentle underneath smells like a dessert wine. Soft. Peaches on the appetite obviously but also some more obvious apricot. Unbelievable gentle and civilized for such ABV content. Not something I'd seek out again but no regrets about trying it whatsoever.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a two inch head. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: peaches ands light Brett flavors come through.

Taste: caramel, peach, pear, a hint of vanilla, some oakiness, and a mild bitterness is well balanced with some mild Brett flavors.

Mouthfeel: medum bodied. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: easily drinkable and uniquely flavored. Definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a hazy pale goldenrod color. Some white froth and lace formed.

(S)- A very floral band-aid-like Brett. Very juicy orange and peach. Combined it is quite a nice smell actually.

(T)- Lots of lots of dry, funky Brett. Floral too, but some good oaky fruits too that line up nicely with what was in the aroma.

(M)- A bit higher carbonation level than expected, but it actually helps this beer because of the massively dry funky Brett; it somehow balances this out.

(O)- Overall, a fun and different beer for the style. I am always a Brett fan, but this almost took it to another level.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, peaches, funk, fruit, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, peaches, fruit, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The peach aspect that one would expect on this one was definitely there and quite pronounced. I was kind of delighted to find that this one wasn’t really sour or tart as I would have thought it would have been. However, this was a pretty good brew in just about all aspects. The aroma going on was quite inviting and very well balanced. Really glad I got the chance to try this one as it was quite enjoyable and definitely wouldn’t argue with having it again in the future.

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Photo of mhaugo
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber bottle. Decanted into a 0.47l oversized snifter.
Appearance: Murky gold. No lasting head.
Smell: Over-ripe bananas and peaches. Think of a day old fruit salad. But in an ok way.
Taste: Very peachy. That’s pretty much it… peaches. Lightly carbonated, liquefied, peaches. Peach.
Mouthfeel: Pretty good. Correct for the style.
Overall: When a beer touts a fruit, it should predominately feature that fruit without being overwhelmed by it. This beer is right on the border of too much. There’s a ton of peach flavor, and the Belgian spiciness is washed out to some degree, but all-in-all it seems to work pretty well. Good for a hot, summer day. I couldn’t drink more than one, but I’m not sure the brewers intended it to be a session beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of peaches with Belgian yeast and coriander, and some oak, grape, vanilla, and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with tart peach with some Belgian yeast flavors including coriander and some vanilla. Through the middle, the oak comes through with some Chardonnay grape and green apple. The finish is a mix of tart peach with Belgian yeast flavors, some farmhouse flavors, oak, vanilla, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice peach flavor coming through with the BSGA base. Really nicely balanced with the barrel flavors.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Holy effervescent head, batman! About 3 and a half fingers high, bone white, sticky lacing, recedes a bit thankfully. Has a straw/golden hue that's a bit cloudy.

Interesting nose. Starts of with dry Belgian yeast, earthiness, and light vinous and tannin notes that give way to peaches, very light tartness , spice, white pepper, slight clove, and oak that comes out a bit more as it warms.

Similar to the aroma, sweetness, Belgian yeast qualities, light oak, white wine qualities, tannins, peach, though less than would be expected from a beer with this name, light tartness, light white pepper, some clove and banana.

Mouthfeel is nice. Medium body and consistency, with a slightly higher than medium carbonation and a dry light finish. Makes the brew pretty drinkable.

Overall a decent brew but one that could have benefited from more peach showing. Sounds like a good idea on papaer (read on their label) but doesn't quite cut it where it counts.

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Photo of liamt07
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, release #9 as indicated by the label.

Hazy orange body with a white head. Light retention and lacing. Nose has a perfumey ripe peach scent, some funk, light permanent marker, oak/white wine character and a gentle tartness. Perhaps a bit of acetic. Taste has peach flesh, a bit of oak and a subtle acetic tartness. Sweeter golden ale malting and Belgian yeast qualities. Medium full body, and lightly prickly carbonation. A nice peachy Belgian ale, really opens up nicely with warmth.

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Photo of Suds
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#13 out of 1800 bottles. Okay, this is an interesting beer. The appearance is golden with slight haze. There is a thin head, some lace, but it's basically an average Belgian ale appearance. The smell, however, is complex and multi-layered. At once, it smells like a wine (champagne, maybe), a peach lambic, a belgian strong ale, and a euro lager. Vinous, dry-ish, very peachy, and dryer than you might think. The alcohol is very well hidden. Quite bitter finish. I don't know if I really enjoy this beer...it's amazingly interesting, and well made, but I'm not sure it fits my preferences. Disjointed...not sure what it wants to be? Medium to full in body. This is a sipping beer, but isn't cloying, heavy, or overly strong. Interesting and intriguing.

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Photo of denver10
2.4/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a flat honey golden. Slight white head at most. An aroma of alcoholic peach preserves. Flavor offers a lot of alcohol, some peach, and some malt. A kinda flat, medium bodied. Overall, I was quite excited to try this but was rather disappointed in it.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peach color with a thin white lace of head. Tart dried sugar covered peaches on the nose with a touch of alcohol and oak.

Medium bodied but feels full in the mouth. Slight effervescence. Sweet dried tropical fruit bowl upfront followed by tart peach sweetness. Finishes with a dry belgian yeast finish. Like mouth watering bone dry. Subtle notes of floral hops here and there with some alcohol detection. Touch of clove. For such a big beer though it's pretty simple. I do enjoy it but I did expect a bit more. Well condensed flavors and dangerously drinkable. Not a bit sweet like I thought it would be but actually quite the opposite. The oak is there just enough to build on the dryness of the beer and add just enough complexity. It actually took me a while to even pick up on the oak but it might be the best use of oak I've ever seen. Overall very good. The only reason it let me down is because it wasn't what I expected.

reminiscent of a peaches and cream with the sweetness of the peaches, the velvet quality of the beer, and the creaminess of the oak.

SIDE NOTE Mix half sour apple saison and half Brainless on peaches and you have a pretty nice dried fruit refreshing beer in your cup!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from The Beermongers in Portland, OR.

Coming from Australia, I've seen a lot of New Zealand's Epic Brewery, and I was keen to try some of their American namesake's. Randomly, this is the first one I came across. Pours a very slightly hazed yellow colour, with a filmy ring of white foam forming the head. Plenty of carbonation streaming through a body that is surprisingly light for a super-10% ABV beer. Overall, an inauspicious start for Epic.

Nose is dominated by Belgian yeast, not by oak, not by wine and not by peaches, leaving a rounded, earthy and slightly funky character at its core. There's a peppery twist to it as it warms, and perhaps a hint of vinous tartness, but it's mild at best. Slightly disappointing.

The peach finally makes an appearance on the palate, but subordinate to the big, husky booziness, the peppery, leafy, rank bitterness and more of those phenolic notes from the yeast. In fact, the peach has a medicinal, biting quality to it as it slews in with the booze, making it taste like backyard peach-schnapps. Blech.

I'm sure I'll end up having better experiences with this Epic. I truly believe it. But this feels like an experiment gone wrong. Unfortunately, though, my impression is that the problem is with the base beer, not the post-treatment it has been given; if anything, more peach and more oak would have made this a much superior beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be the best "fruit beer" there is. That's because it really is a belgian (pale?) with fruit, and a lot of "fruit beers" are just wierd.

I am judging it as it is categorized, and it rises higher than it would as a belgian. It sort of tastes like a softer, darker Duuvel with peaches. It's light and amaingly covers a lot of alcohol.

This is an interesting, complex, yet easy to drink brew. If it weren't for the price, I would drink it a lot.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy golden color with a small-medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is wow...very peach forward. Lovely peach puree (not fresh peach, but like a peach jam of some sort) aroma with a bit of oak. A little bit of booze as well. Taste is initially a little tart with some whiskey notes and a bit of alcohol warmth. Picking up some peaches and some citrus notes. Quite boozy, with more peach jam flavor. A bit of Belgian yeast flavor and somewhat bitter alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and tingly. Drinkability is fair. Overall, an interesting beer, but nothing spectacular. Not sure if I would purchase this again. Would have like less booziness and more oak presence.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a whole series of these at Four Firkins when i was in the Twins, so i opened this one tonight alone.

Hazy yellow/orange, straw color. tons of lacing.
Nose is definitely peachy, smells sort of artificial at first.
Flavors are unappealing for the first 6oz of the bottle, fake peach at first and tannic, rough and dry. But as i drink the bottle i really start to like it after about 8oz, the tannins become really enjoyable, the peach become full and pleasant, and the spice to really come out of the wood works and do what the barrels did to it. Odd how i was originally going to give this beer a 2.3 or so, and now i am quite enjoying it. odd.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - golden in color, clear, with good carbonation and about two fingers' worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - interesting smell. I actually don't smell the peaches, but rather a mix of the oak and maybe whisky.

Taste - much like the smell. I don't taste a lot of a peach taste, but more of a whisky-like taste that probably comes from the oak barrels. There's a fruitiness that does finally come toward the finish.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but definitely leans more on the watery side.

Overall - very interesting beer, and very decent-tasting too.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.56/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, Release No. 11,

A: Pours a brilliant full orange with a medium white head, good lace and retention.

S: Lovely peaches and cream with a distinct Belgian tilt. Yeast, pepper, along with the fruitiness, quite lovely. As the beer warms the peaches come much more to the forefront, if you enjoy this smell like I do, dont serve this under 55F.

T: Peach attacks right away, but then goes into something distinctly more Belgian. Grassy hops, yeast and white pepper, spicy for sure. Gets this interesting dessert peach puree flavour there at the end, but just as soon as I found it, it goes back to Belgium and dries out heavily for the denouement.

M: Full-bodied, frothy but does have some crisp carbonation character. Off-dry overall with a very mild acidity. Complex.

O: This is a fun beer to delve into. Everything is in balance and the peach flavour is true and delicious. Certainly not an over the top fruit beer. Can't wait to try the Cherry version.

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Photo of portia99
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (Release #5 - 10.5% alcohol) courtesy of a trade with Mjmoon15. Thanks Mark! Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very hazy and super pale orangish golden color. Two fingers of densely bubbled yet still fizzy head clings to the glass for several minutes and leaves lots of good lacing on the glass.

S - Fruity up front with very noticeable peaches taking the lead. A bit spicy and clovey behind the fruit, touches of nutmeg, apple and cinnamon, somewhat bretty like funk at a lowish level. Noticeable woody oak a bit in the background. Overall effect is somewhere between a Belgian witbier and a fruity white wine...thinking maybe a gewurztraminer. A bit unique.

T - Wow...flavor does not really resemble the aroma at all. The flavor is all strong Belgian golden ale all the way. Belgian yeast heavy flavors, noticeable alcohol - boozy even. A touch tart on finish which seems a bit off in the transition. Lots of malt here...somewhat sweet base, bready. Peaches show up, but are muted against the malt and the Belgian yeast. I think the base beer is a bit too intense for the somewhat delicate peachy touches.

M - Medium/full bodied beer, assertive higher level carbonation, sweet and bready up front and transitioning awkwardly toward a tart and fruitier finish. A bit of alcohol warmth gives this a somewhat boozy feel and makes it a rather slow drinker.

O - Overall this is a bit of a tough one for me. Appearance and aroma are great and led me to believe I was going to be having an easier drinking beer than this. This really has a strong tripel and/or strong golden ale base that overpowers the fruit addition. Think I would have been happier with a bit lighter base beer, but that could just be me. Sadly the strength of the base beer really doesn't let the fruit add much.

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Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.